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Why We Need to Refocus on Being Safe at Sea

Measuring the true cost of not being safe at sea is not an easy task. There are many factors to consider, but I can tell you when you do calculate the total cost the answer every time is that it’s too much. Since December 2020, eight fish harvesters have died in Nova Scotia. The entire crew of the F/V Chief William Saulis, the captain of the F/V Miss Janet and most recently a crew member from the F/V Mucktown Girl. I don’t know about you, but reflecting on those statistics gives ...

This Lobster Season, Just Wear a PFD

Above: Capt. Andrew Titus of Mersey Seafoods sporting his personal floatation device dockside, October 2021. Contributed photo   The preparation is over and Nova Scotia’s two largest lobster fishing areas’ (LFAs 33/34) captains and crews are now catching the prized crustaceans. For months, fishermen have been fixing gear, getting life rafts inspected, doing oil changes, arranging for bait and so much more to what some say is an endless list of things to do before the traps ...

Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia: Looking Back on 10 Years of Growth

Above: On the morning of Splashes of Safety 2019, the Are You READY team hosted a safety demonstration at the Shad Bay Wharf with Captain Keith Colburn of Deadliest Catch. Pictured from left to right: Capt. Danny O’Neill, Capt. Keith Colburn, Derek Fitzgerald, Matthew Duffy and Tommy Harper.   It may be hard to believe, but January 2020 marked 10 years in existence for the Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS). After 10 years of working with the fishing ...